For our zero-energy building we are using the sun to provide ALL of the heat we will need throughout the winter. After months of discussion, engineering models of heat requirements, heat losses, heat storage and solar heat generation… the team came up with a system. There are three major ingredients:
- Solar collector
- Thermal storage tank
- Super insulated house
The Solar Collector generates the heat from the sun; the Thermal Storage Tank holds the heat for when it is needed; and the well-insulated house uses only the heat it needs.
Today we began the construction of the thermal storage tank.
The company providing the technology for the tank is TSS, Thermal Storage Solutions. Today they are still building these storage tanks to custom sizes on site. In the future they will have pre-fabricated tanks that just need to be hooked up after placing them in the ground. It is more interesting to see what is in one of these storage tanks, so its great that they have to build it up while we keep the cameras rolling.
Below is a set of pictures from the stationary webcam for today’s progress. It should be finished tomorrow and I will do a drawing of the layers to point out various elements.